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Saints top Panthers 28-10 to take NFC South lead

STEVE REED

AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Drew Brees overcame a shaky start and threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South.

The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to snap a seven-game losing streak on the road that dated back to last November.

Brees finished 24 of 34 for 297 yards and Mark Ingram turned in another solid performance with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Brees threw an interception and fumbled in the first quarter before settling down late in the second quarter and leading touchdown drives on four out of five possessions.

The Saints' defense sacked Cam Newton four times and forced two turnovers.

Newton, who spent much of the night under heavy duress playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters, was limited to 151 yards passing.

Saints-Panthers Stats:

New Orleans01477-28

Carolina0073-10

Second Quarter:

NO_Ingram 3 run (S.Graham kick), 2:38.

NO_J.Graham 1 pass from Brees (S.Graham kick), :03.

Third Quarter:

Car_Newton 10 run (Gano kick), 10:14.

NO_Brees 1 run (S.Graham kick), 4:04.

Fourth Quarter:

Car_FG Gano 31, 12:57.

NO_Ingram 3 run (S.Graham kick), 5:30.

A_73,663.

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NOCar

First downs 27 15

Total Net Yards 375 231

Rushes-yards 37-105 23-109

Passing 270 122

Punt Returns 2-2 0-0

Kickoff Returns 0-0 4-89

Interceptions Ret. 1-2 1-24

Comp-Att-Int 24-34-1 10-28-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 4-27 4-29

Punts 4-46.8 6-42.2

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 4-36 6-67

Time of Possession 34:53 24:42

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_New Orleans, Ingram 30-100, Brees 4-2, Baker 1-2, Cadet 2-1. Carolina, Stewart 8-46, Newton 7-43, D.Williams 8-20.

PASSING_New Orleans, Brees 24-34-1-297. Carolina, Newton 10-28-1-151.

RECEIVING_New Orleans, J.Graham 7-83, Stills 5-72, Cooks 3-38, Colston 3-36, Cadet 3-29, Meachem 1-25, Ingram 1-10, Watson 1-4. Carolina, Olsen 3-30, Cotchery 2-59, Benjamin 2-18, D.Williams 1-30, Avant 1-8, B.Williams 1-6.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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